Our Teachers

Elementary School Teachers

Ms. Svetlana Fenina

Ms. Svetlana Fenina

Ms. Fenina received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida and is ACSI Certified.

Ms. Fenina has been substitute teaching in public elementary and middle schools since 2012 and has been teaching at Enlightium Academy since 2015. She teaches Bible, History, English, and elementary electives and is the primary school counselor. Ms. Fenina believes that education with Christian values is a doorway to a flourishing life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Mrs. Adel Aranka Nemes

Mrs. Adel Aranka Nemes

Mrs. Nemes received her BA in Theology and the Hungarian Language. She then obtained her Master’s in Divinity with an emphasis on Church History at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has her PhD(c) in Renaissance History from the Jozsef Attila University in Szeged, Hungary.

Mrs. Nemes has been teaching since 1999 and served as a traveling pastor from 2006 to 2012. She started teaching at Enlightium Academy in 2013, and is currently the Bronze Program Coordinator. She enjoys interacting with students, bringing them closer to Jesus, and sending Bible candies - Bible-based encouragements and thoughts. Mrs. Nemes is blessed every day by the encouragements which she receives from students. She believes the most valuable gift which parents can give their children is the knowledge of God, and she is grateful to work alongside parents in bringing their children closer to God.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22: 6


Mrs. Kirsten Kosoff

Mrs. Kirsten Kosoff

Mrs. Kosoff studied Elementary Education at Whitworth University. She has a Reading Endorsement and minors in French and German.

Mrs. Kosoff taught for several years at a local private Christian school prior to joining the Enlightium Academy team in 2017. She also has experience teaching students backpacking and wilderness skills. She volunteered as a backpacking guide for Beyond Malibu in Canada for several summers.

Mrs. Kosoff desires to help and know each student as an individual. Her vision is for each student to know his or her value as a child created in the image of God.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11


Mrs. Olga Shpak Dunn

Mrs. Olga Shpak Dunn

Mrs. Dunn received her BA in Linguistics and her Music minor from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Dunn began her teaching career in 2009 by teaching Music Theory at Unison Music School, and has been teaching middle school English, Music, and high school electives at Enlightium Academy since 2014. Mrs. Dunn enjoys helping students enrich their lives through writing and music.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4: 14 - 16

Mrs. Pearl Sanchez

Mrs. Pearl Sanchez

Mrs. Sanchez earned her B.A. in English, with a minor in Mathematics, from Simpson University in Redding, CA.and is California State certified. She has taught and tutored students of all grade levels, ranging from elementary to college.

Mrs. Sanchez joined Enlightium Academy in the 2017 and teaches Elementary Math & Science and Middle School English. She loves to help guide students as they unlock and discover their full potential.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28

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Secondary Bible Teachers

Mr. R. Heath Robertson

Mr. R. Heath Robertson

Mr. Robertson received his BA in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute where he completed the Honors Program for Semitic Languages. He has completed his MA in Biblical and Theological Studies with an emphasis in Exegetical studies at Western Seminary where he received the Honors Award for Old Testament Exegesis. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Robertson enjoys teaching Bible at Enlightium Academy, where he started working in the spring of 2015. He enjoys assisting students in thoughtful theological study and application. He also acts as EA’s School Chaplain and maintains EA’s video series “Enlightium Theology in Action”.

Let all that pertains to you be done with love.
1 Corinthians 16:14

Mr. Colten Lindberg

Mr. Colten Lindberg

Mr. Lindberg received his BA in Biblical Studies with an Interdisciplinary in Education from Moody Bible Institute in May of 2016. Mr. Lindberg is also ACSI certified in Bible.

Before teaching at Enlightium Academy, Mr. Lindberg student-taught at North West Christian Academy in Spokane, WA where he taught Romans, Apologetics, and Old Testament Survey. Soon after, Mr. Lindberg joined the EA team during the fall of 2015 where he continued teaching Bible. Furthermore, given his natural ability and tutoring experience in math, Mr. Lindberg has since assumed the role of teaching Algebra I and Algebra II.

Mr. Lindberg seeks to inspire his students to always be taking their next step, whatever that might be. By taking that next step, students will be pushed to take risks that will ultimately stretch them so that they may become independent, driven and courage-filled stewards of their own education and faith journey.

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
John 6:35


Mr. Branden Preedy

Mr. Branden Preedy

Mr. Preedy has been in Christian education and ministry since 2014, serving as a youth pastor and facilitator for adult education. Mr. Preedy joined the Enlightium Academy faculty in 2016. Mr. Preedy loves connecting students with an education that transforms not only their minds, but also their hearts through a thoroughly Christian worldview.

Mr. Preedy is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18


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Secondary English Teachers

Ms. Serenity Henderson

Ms. Serenity Henderson

Ms. Henderson received her BA in English from Washington State University and is Washington State certified and ACSI certified.

Ms. Henderson started teaching 9-12th grade English at Enlightium Academy in April 2015. She enjoys helping students understand difficult concepts in English, and she enjoys challenging them to give and to be their best.

Lord, when you said to me, "Seek my face," My inner being responded: I'm seeking your face with all my heart.
Psalm 27: 8 (The Passion Translation)

Mrs. Pearl Sanchez

Mrs. Pearl Sanchez

Mrs. Sanchez earned her B.A. in English, with a minor in Mathematics, from Simpson University in Redding, CA.and is California State certified. She has taught and tutored students of all grade levels, ranging from elementary to college.

Mrs. Sanchez joined Enlightium Academy in the 2017 and teaches Elementary Math & Science and Middle School English. She loves to help guide students as they unlock and discover their full potential.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28


Mr. Branden Preedy

Mr. Branden Preedy

Mr. Preedy has been in Christian education and ministry since 2014, serving as a youth pastor and facilitator for adult education. Mr. Preedy joined the Enlightium Academy faculty in 2016. Mr. Preedy loves connecting students with an education that transforms not only their minds, but also their hearts through a thoroughly Christian worldview.

Mr. Preedy is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 3:18


Ms. Angela Payne

Ms. Angela Payne

Ms. Payne has received a BA in Linguistics and a BA in Spanish from Western Washington University. She is TESOL certified.

Ms. Payne has been teaching English in language schools and companies in Mexico since 2015. She began working at Enlightium Academy in November 2016 as an English Teacher’s Assistant. Ms. Payne's favorite part of teaching is sparking student interest in languages and encouraging students’ desire to continue learning.

All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Acts 2: 44


 

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Secondary Math Teachers

Mr. Thomas Lambert

Mr. Thomas Lambert

Mr. Lambert received his BS in Mathematics with a minor in Spanish from William Carey University. He is Mississippi State and ACSI Certified.

Mr. Lambert has been teaching Mathematics and Spanish in public schools since 2011 and joined Enlightium Academy in 2015.

Mr. Lambert teaches high school Math and Spanish at Enlightium. He enjoys seeing students find success in their math classes, regardless of skill level, and develop a love for mathematics.

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
Psalm 25:10

Mrs. Mandee J. Mittler

Mrs. Mandee J. Mittler

Mrs. Mittler received her BA in K-8 education from Eastern Washington University with a major in Science and a minor in Mathematics. She is Washington State certified.

Mrs. Mittler has been teaching since 2006. She has taught Math in Carrington College’s radiology program, coached public school Math competitions for 3 years, and taught in various private schools. She has been at Enlightium Academy since 2015. Mrs. Mittler works with all age groups in Math and other elementary courses. She believes that even if a mistake has occurred, a student can learn from it, make better choices, and understand the concept better once the mistake has been fixed. Since not all students learn the same way, she is willing to try new ways to teach a lesson for any student that needs it.

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Proverbs 27:17

Mr. Colten Lindberg

Mr. Colten Lindberg

Mr. Lindberg received his BA in Biblical Studies with an Interdisciplinary in Education from Moody Bible Institute in May of 2016. Mr. Lindberg is also ACSI certified in Bible.

Before teaching at Enlightium Academy, Mr. Lindberg student-taught at North West Christian Academy in Spokane, WA where he taught Romans, Apologetics, and Old Testament Survey. Soon after, Mr. Lindberg joined the EA team during the fall of 2015 where he continued teaching Bible. Furthermore, given his natural ability and tutoring experience in math, Mr. Lindberg has since assumed the role of teaching Algebra I and Algebra II.

Mr. Lindberg seeks to inspire his students to always be taking their next step, whatever that might be. By taking that next step, students will be pushed to take risks that will ultimately stretch them so that they may become independent, driven and courage-filled stewards of their own education and faith journey.

“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” - John 6:35

Mrs. Rachael Lambert

Mrs. Rachael Lambert

Mrs. Lambert received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from William Carey University in 2010. She worked as an RN in oncology for several years until her son was born in 2014.

She is currently a birth doula and a Bronze math and science teacher. Mrs. Lambert is a believer in lifelong learning and hopes to instill this in her students and family. “Let children feed on the good, the excellent, the great.” -Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

“Seek peace and pursue it.”
Psalm 34:14b


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Secondary History Teachers

Mr. Mike Kuldayev

Mr. Mike Kuldayev

Mr. Kuldayev received a BA in History and Biblical Studies from the University of Fresno Pacific and an MA degree from University of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Kuldayev has been teaching Bible and History in private schools since 2011, and he began teaching at Enlightium Academy in 2014. He teaches AP History, Dual Credit courses, and enjoys seeing students achieve their highest potential.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalm 32: 8

Mr. BJ Condrey

Mr. BJ Condrey

Mr. Condrey received a BA in Philosophy and a BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He then received his MA in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is ACSI certified.

Mr. Condrey teaches History and Psychology courses at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in January of 2016. He served as a youth pastor, young adult pastor, and small group pastor for over ten years in Texas and Mississippi and has taught philosophy at various colleges and universities since 2014. He has authored four books, all of which are available on Amazon (Where Does God Go?, The Word As A Vehicle, Heal Me Or Kill Me, and Breaking Ground). He currently lives in Scotland with his wife and son where he is pursuing his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. His passion is to challenge young people in the way they think and in the assumptions they hold, in order to help them construct a more responsible worldview.

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119: 105


 

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Secondary Science Teachers

Mrs. Kathleen Thurman

Mrs. Kathleen Thurman

Mrs. Thurman received her BS in Biology from Washington State University and is Washington State certified and ACSI certified.

Mrs. Thurman has been teaching Science in private schools since 2013, and teaches junior and senior high Science classes at Enlightium Academy. Mrs. Thurman's favorite part of teaching is working one-on-one with students and helping them discover the wonders of God's creation.

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Psalm 139: 23 - 24

Mr. Cameron Allen

Mr. Cameron Allen

Mr. Allen has a B.S. in Cellular Biology and a B.A in Biochemistry from the University of Washington. He started teaching science and health at Enlightium after returning from teaching overseas in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Mr. Allen was born in Spokane but has lived on 3 continents. He loves learning about the wonderfully complex world God has given us to explore, and passing on that love of learning to his students.

Great are the works of the Lord; They are studied by all who delight in them. Psalm 111:2

Mr. Will Mead

Mr. Will Mead

Mr. Mead earned his B.S. in Biology from Eastern Washington University, where he studied immunology and the human microbiome. He previously taught at El Camino Academia in Bogota, Colombia.

Mr. Mead joined Enlightium in 2017 teaching science and mathematics. He enjoys helping students reveal God’s creative power through the study of the natural order.

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:2

Ms. Luana Litoshyk

Ms. Luana Litoshyk

Ms. Litoshyk received her Bachelors of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr University, and is pursuing further education in the field with the goal of attaining a doctorate degree. She has a wide range of experience working with people of all ages and teaching on various topics. Currently, she teaches senior high Science at Enlightium.

What Ms. Litoshyk enjoys most about teaching can be summarized with what a Latin philosopher once said, "Docendo discimus," meaning "By teaching I learn." Teaching allows her to bask in the world of education, where she is also the recipient.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:6-8


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Secondary Electives Teachers

Mr. William Olson

Mr. William Olson

Mr. Olson received a BA in History and Geography, with a minor in Economics from Central Washington University. He then completed the Teaching Certification Program at Central Washington, and later received an AA degree in Electrical Engineering Technology at ITT Technical Institute. He is Washington State certified as a Residency Teacher, with endorsements in Elementary and in Secondary History, Geography, Economics, and Political Science.

Mr. Olson has been teaching in private and public schools and colleges since 1987, and now teaches classes dealing with business, engineering, and technology at Enlightium Academy. He finds that helping students achieve success is very rewarding! He possesses both industry and classroom experience in the fields of technology, software development, and robotics. This, combined with Enlightium’s curriculum, creates an exciting and engaging experience for students. The challenging pace of innovation keeps courseware relevant and timely. Mr. Olson’s students become comfortable and knowledgeable of these trends and skills with hands-on experiences. This is accomplished with a variety of exercises and projects that build a level of mastery and competence - all of which is enjoyable and fun!

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
John 15: 12

Mrs. Karina Kovalova

Mrs. Karina Kovalova

Mrs. Karina Kovalova received her MA in Linguistics in 2007 from CSTU, Ukraine. During university years she aimed at bilingual education and foreign language pedagogy, which includes the French and English languages. She is currently pursuing further education in the field of teaching second language. She has experience in educating students of different ages and language levels. Mrs. Kovalova teaches French at Enlightium Academy.

Mrs. Kovalova enjoys teaching and she always looks for an individual approach to improve her students' oral comprehension and communicative skills in foreign languages. Her main goal is to help students see the beauty of the French language and enrich their personalities by learning the French culture.

Besides learning foreign languages, she enjoys playing piano, singing in the church choir, playing tennis and scrapbooking.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 14:5

Mrs. Olga Shpak Dunn

Mrs. Olga Shpak Dunn

Mrs. Dunn received her BA in Linguistics and her Music minor from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is ACSI certified.

Mrs. Dunn began her teaching career in 2009 by teaching Music Theory at Unison Music School, and has been teaching middle school English, Music, and high school electives at Enlightium Academy since 2014. Mrs. Dunn enjoys helping students enrich their lives through writing and music.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4: 14 - 16

Ronzai Saurombe

Ronzai Saurombe

Ronzai is a Gonzaga University graduate with a degree in Business Administration and concentration in Management Information Systems. Ronzai enjoys serving people and simplifying business processes for efficiency within several different departments.

Ronzai was born and raised in Zimbabwe and came to the U.S. through a tennis scholarship at Gonzaga University. He has participated on both the national and international stage as a professional tennis player. He enjoys playing tennis, soccer, and running, and also loves reading and watching documentaries.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua 1:9

Ms. Angela Payne

Ms. Angela Payne

Ms. Payne has received a BA in Linguistics and a BA in Spanish from Western Washington University. She is TESOL certified.

Ms. Payne has been teaching English in language schools and companies in Mexico since 2015. She began working at Enlightium Academy in November 2016 as an English Teacher’s Assistant. Ms. Payne's favorite part of teaching is sparking student interest in languages and encouraging students’ desire to continue learning.

All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Acts 2:44


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